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El Corte Ingles to accelerate time to market
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:39:00 GMT


El Corte Inglés, the largest department store retailer in Europe, has selected Dassault Systèmes' 'My Collection for Fashion' 3D software solution to accelerate time-to-market of its private-label fashion collections.
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Oxford Industries to sell Ben Sherman amid Q4 growth
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:24:00 GMT


After making "great progress" in 2014, US apparel business Oxford Industries is to pursue the sale of its Ben Sherman brand, saying it's the "right course of action".
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:41:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the risk to Lesotho's textile and clothing production if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is not renewed, delays to a major textile build in Ethiopia, and an insight on Pakistan's apparel production woes.
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Joe Fresh inks footwear licensing deal with Aldo
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:54:00 GMT


Canada's largest retailer Loblaw Companies has entered into a licensing deal with footwear company Aldo Group for the design, production and distribution of footwear under the Joe Fresh brand.
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Quicksilver appoints Agnes to CEO role
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:05:00 GMT


Surf-led fashion business Quiksilver has made a number of management appointments, including the promotion of president Pierre Agnes to CEO and the appointment of a new CFO.
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IN THE MONEY: SuperGroup to adapt sourcing model for speed
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:22:00 GMT


Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed plans to adapt its buying model to source more directly and flexibly, with the aim of improving efficiency and speed to market.
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Spotlight on... Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:25:00 GMT


Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.
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Finish Line "accelerates" on final lap
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:04:00 GMT


The Finish Line has managed to "accelerate somewhat", analysts believe, in the final lap of its fiscal year, despite a disappointing year for the US athletic apparel and footwear retailer.
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Lululemon Athletica on "strong growth" track
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:34:00 GMT


Lululemon Athletica may have put 'pantsgate' behind it, analysts believe, and be back on a strong growth trajectory after revealing increased earnings and sales in its fourth-quarter.
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IN THE MONEY: SuperGroup to adapt souring model for speed
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:22:00 GMT


Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed plans to adapt its buying model to source more directly and flexibly, with the aim of improving efficiency and speed to market.
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Lululemon on "strong growth" track
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:34:00 GMT


Lululemon Athletica may have put 'pantsgate' behind it, analysts believe, and be back on a strong growth trajectory after revealing increased earnings and sales in its fourth-quarter.
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Belk FY mixed but "encouraged" by trends
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:39:00 GMT


US fashion department store retailer Belk has reported its fifth consecutive year of positive comparable store sales but saw earnings decline as a result of strategy expenses.
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Global Brands reveals "strong" H1 results
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:33:00 GMT


Global Brands has booked what it says is a "strong" set of results in its second-half, driven by growth in turnover, and despite a challenging market environment.
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Pacific Sunwear narrows FY losses
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:04:00 GMT


Action sports and lifestyle retailer Pacific Sunwear of California narrowed losses in its last fiscal and booked higher sales.
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American Eagle signs Chile and Peru licensing deal
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:32:00 GMT


American Eagle Outfitters has revealed plans to expand its global retail presence through a series of licensed stores throughout Chile and Peru.
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UK clothing sales continue to fall in March
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:09:00 GMT


Sales at UK clothing and footwear retailers continued on their downward trajectory in the year to March, albeit at a slower pace than the prior month.
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PVH "pleased" after swinging to Q4 profit
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:17:00 GMT


US apparel giant PVH Corp has said it is "pleased" with its fourth-quarter performance which saw it swing to a net profit, despite the challenging market environment and foreign currency headwinds.
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RNB Retail moves to Q2 profit
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:25:00 GMT


Scandinavian retail business RNB Retail and Brands has moved to a profit in its second-quarter and booked a sales increase ahead of the market.
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Warmer weather boosts February UK clothing sales
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:41:00 GMT


Warmer weather helped to boost sales of seasonal ranges at UK clothing retailers in February, marking the sector's fourth consecutive month of growth.
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Huntsman supports Korea's Daechun with MoU
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:11:00 GMT


Dyes and chemicals business Huntsman Textile Effects has signed an MoU with Korean textile exporter Daechun to help streamline the firm's operations and grow its sustainability initiatives.
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Pittards FY sales and earnings slide
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:59:00 GMT


Leather producer Pittards has booked a drop in earnings and sales in its last fiscal as a result of currency headwinds and increased finance costs.
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American Apparel focused on reversing losses
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:12:00 GMT


American Apparel said it remains focused on putting the right processes in place to grow the brand after widening its losses in the fourth quarter and revealing falling sales.
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Organic cotton sustainability assessment tool launches
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:52:00 GMT


International non-profit organisation Textile Exchange (TE) has launched an online tool that measures the environmental, economic and social aspects of organic cotton production.
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Solution portfolio to synchronise supply with demand
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:52:00 GMT


Software provider Attune Consulting has launched a new portfolio of solutions, aimed at helping fashion brands better align resources to predict and respond to changes in consumer demand.
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Hermes books strong FY profit and sales growth
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:02:00 GMT


Despite a drop in operating margin, luxury business Hermès has booked an increase in annual net profit, helped by double-digit sales growth.
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Perry Ellis merchandising chief Jakubowski exits
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:24:00 GMT


US apparel business Perry Ellis International has confirmed the departure of its chief merchandising officer Douglas Jakubowski, after four years in the post.
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Lenzing swings to FY loss of EUR14.2m
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:02:00 GMT


Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group has said operating results in 2014 exceeded expectations, with higher cost-saving targets achieved, despite swinging to a full-year net loss.
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Destination XL Group Q4 exceeds expectations
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:45:00 GMT


Big and tall men's wear retailer Destination XL Group said the group's fourth-quarter results have exceeded its expectations as it moved to a profit and grew both sales and margin.
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COMMENT: Cutting-edge companies focus on consumer needs
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:05:00 GMT


Cutting-edge companies are hitting back at design and low quality stock manufactured by a faceless and perpetual assembly-line. In its place, the vanguard of the new industry is developing original and revolutionary business models.
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Swedish textile water project to expand beyond India
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:55:00 GMT


A Swedish water project that has resulted in the more sustainable production of apparel and textiles of 120 suppliers in India is being scaled up and rolled out to four more countries.
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Crocs Asia suppliers score high in compliance
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:42:00 GMT


US footwear business Crocs said its Asia tier-one contract manufacturers scored an average of 90% on social compliance audits last year as it revealed its 2014 sustainability achievements.
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Christopher & Banks returns to profit in Q4
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:46:00 GMT


US women's wear retailer Christopher & Banks has said it will continue to execute on its strategic initiatives, after returning to profit during the fourth quarter, despite a challenging and promotional trading environment.
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Cotton Made in Africa reaches over 5m people
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:12:00 GMT


By adding over 9,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative has reached more than 5.5m people across ten countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, who are growing the fibre to its sustainability standards.
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Apparel and textiles rank high on EU alert system
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:08:00 GMT


Apparel and textiles were among the top two product categories entering the EU last year, for which corrective measures had to be taken, with China ranked as the number one offending country of origin.
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Moss Bros investments boost FY earnings
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:54:00 GMT


Men's formal wear specialist Moss Bros Group has booked an increase in full-year earnings and sales, thanks to investment in improving its product offer and store portfolio.
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RFID adoption among retailers near "tipping point"
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:15:00 GMT


The adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology among apparel and general merchandise retailers and manufacturers is near a "tipping point", new research suggests.
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US apparel spend to increase this Easter
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:35:00 GMT


US consumers are set to spend more on apparel this Easter, with many viewing it as an opportunity to add to their spring wardrobes, new research suggests.
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G-III Apparel reveals "strong" Q4
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:21:00 GMT


G-III Apparel Group has booked a "strong" performance in its fourth-quarter thanks to strength in the firm's wholesale and retail businesses.
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Rana Plaza fund call grows as anniversary nears
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:06:00 GMT


As the countdown to the second anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza tragedy begins, the call is getting louder for apparel brands to fill the gap in compensation for victims before 24 April.
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Major Ethiopia textile build experiences delays
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:34:00 GMT


The Ethiopian Textile Association has insisted the construction of a major textile factory by Bangladesh's DBL Group will proceed, despite delays.
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Charles Vogele to continue turnaround as FY loss narrows
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:58:00 GMT


Swiss fashion retailer Charles Vögele Group has said it will press ahead with its turnaround this year, including the implementation of its new store format, after narrowing its annual net loss.
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Second Meet the Manufacturer event doubles in space
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:05:00 GMT


As demand for UK manufacturing continues to rise, the only major sourcing event specifically for British clothing, textiles and leather goods producers will take place for a second time later this year, with double the number of exhibitors.
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G-III Apparel signs footwear deal with Genesco
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:25:00 GMT


G-III Apparel has entered into a wholesale license agreement with apparel and footwear retailer Genesco for the design, distribution and marketing of GH Bass footwear in the US and Canada.
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French Connection and Foot Locker "wage offenders"
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:20:00 GMT


French Connection and Foot Locker have become the latest firms to be named and shamed under a new scheme by the UK Government for paying workers less than the minimum wage.
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UK factory gate prices fall despite clothing climb
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:23:00 GMT


The output price index for all goods produced by UK manufacturers - also known as factory gate prices - continued to fall in February, despite a 0.2% rise in clothing prices.
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SOURCING: Production problems weigh on Pakistan
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:06:00 GMT


Pakistan's ambition to double its clothing and textile exports over five years, and its accession to the EU's GSP+ trade scheme last year, suggest it should be an exciting prospect for apparel sourcing. However, in the last year two companies have pulled production out of the country, citing risk, delays and instability. This might not yet point to a wider trend, but their concerns highlight issues worth watching.
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Hennes & Mauritz records "strong" Q1
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:12:00 GMT


Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has recorded a strong start to the year with sales and earnings up in the first quarter and plans to expand its global reach and brand portfolio.
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MIT's Open Style Lab acquires TUKAcad
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:32:00 GMT


MIT's Open Style Lab has acquired TUKAcad by Tukatech - an organisation that provides affordable fashion design and apparel product development solutions - for its pattern making needs.
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Cotton policy and prices hit Weiqiao Textile FY
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:00:00 GMT


China's Weiqiao Textile Company said it was affected by a persistent decline in cotton price, rising labour costs, shrinking downstream demand and the declining sales price of products in its last fiscal as earnings and sales fell.
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Cambodia labour abuse claims disputed
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:30:00 GMT


UK retailer Marks & Spencer and the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) have disputed the details of a report alleging labour rights abuses are still rife in the country's garment factories, with both claiming they are committed to providing and supporting safe working conditions.
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PLM to streamline processes for fashion brand V·Grass
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:30:00 GMT


Chinese upscale women's fashion brand V·Grass has implemented Gerber Technology's YuniquePLM to improve communication and collaboration within its design, development and manufacturing divisions.
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Yue Yuen to up investment after FY profit slide
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:17:00 GMT


Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, the world's largest sports shoe maker, has revealed it will increase investment in new technologies and innovative materials to improve production efficiency, after reporting a double-digit decline in annual net profit.
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"Unsafe" Bangladesh knit factory refuses to evacuate
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:21:00 GMT


A non-compliant apparel factory has been deemed ineligible to produce for any Accord signatory companies followings its refusal to temporarily suspend production to remedy safety concerns.
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Perry Ellis sells C&C California trademark
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:47:00 GMT


US apparel business Perry Ellis International has reached a definitive agreement to sell the intellectual property of its C&C California brand to ACH C&C, a newly-created venture.
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Trinity bullish despite mixed FY
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:32:00 GMT


High-end men's wear retailer Trinity, part of the Fung Group, has booked mixed full-year results but remains optimistic it has the right strategies in place to deliver future returns.
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Yue Yuen strike having "no impact" on Nike production
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:39:00 GMT


Nike has said a strike involving as many as 5,000 workers at one of its Chinese suppliers has had "no impact" on production of the brand's footwear, but the sporting goods giant will continue to monitor the situation.
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Lesotho risks major clothing job losses if AGOA lapses
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:45:00 GMT


An estimated one-third of Lesotho's textile and clothing production will be decimated if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is not renewed in September, a senior South African textile and clothing sector consultant has warned.
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Garment factory tool to improve communication
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:11:00 GMT


The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) has launched a new online training tool designed to help garment factories improve communication with its customers, with the aim of building stronger supply chain relationships.
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Smart sportswear faces mass production challenges
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:56:00 GMT


Athletes are increasingly using clothing embedded with sensors and biometric tools to measure their performance. But while the industry is edging closer to adapting these products for the mass market, the overriding challenge is the garments' washability.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:07:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the line-up for this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, sandblasting claims in Chinese jeans factories, and a roundup of wearable technology innovations and developments.
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BHS names Topp interim chief executive
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:40:00 GMT


Struggling department store chain BHS has confirmed the appointment of Darren Topp as its interim CEO following the resignation of Richard Price.
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New York & Co swings to Q4 loss on discounting
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:01:00 GMT


Apparel retailer New York & Co has swung to a fourth-quarter and full-year loss, weighed down by lower sales, increased promotions and higher freight costs from the West Coast port disruption.
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Xiu.com expands to take European brands to China
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:56:00 GMT


Chinese online fashion retailer Xiu.com has expanded its logistic networks into Europe in a bid to help brands sell their products in the fast-growing Chinese market.
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Firms urged to tackle water-related supply chain risk
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:58:00 GMT


Clothing companies who use cotton in their products are being urged to do more to understand and tackle water-related supply chain risk - and to look for new collaborative ways to manage and share water.
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IN THE MONEY: Innovation and supply chain remain key for Nike
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:37:00 GMT


Sporting goods giant Nike Inc says it will continue to put substantial money and resources into its supply chain to increase speed to market, and ensure it stays ahead on innovation.
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Benetton urged to pay Rana Plaza contribution
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:57:00 GMT


Italian fashion giant Benetton is being urged to make the donation it promised into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund in time for the next round of compensation payments.
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Cato Corp warns of "challenging" 2015
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:48:00 GMT


Value fashion retailer Cato Corp has warned that 2015 may continue to be challenging, despite more than doubling its net profit during the fourth quarter, and favourable weather boosting sales.
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Eileen Fisher aims for 100% sustainability by 2020
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:57:00 GMT


US-based women's wear brand Eileen Fisher has set its sights on "100% sustainability" by 2020, pledging to scrutinise "everything we do" across the supply chain.
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Innovation helps drive US winter outdoor clothing sales
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:21:00 GMT


Innovation, including improvements in fabrics, helped lift average selling prices and sales of winter outdoor clothing categories in the US last year, with strong momentum seen continuing into 2015.
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What next for smart fabrics and garments?
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:31:00 GMT


Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market. Katie Smith reports.
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INTERVIEW: Frank Henke discusses Adidas sustainability agenda
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:20:00 GMT


"You cannot solve the sustainability agenda overnight," explains Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group. Indeed, as he tells just-style, the company has faced a moving target since it launched its first sustainability programmes some 15 to 20 years ago - and that target is today moving faster than ever.
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US plans $150m textile-focused innovation hub
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:34:00 GMT


US President Barack Obama has unveiled a new package of support for the US manufacturing sector, which includes funding for a new $150m institute to research and develop new fibres and fabrics.
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Nike Q3 earnings beat expectations
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:58:00 GMT


Sporting giant Nike has beat earnings expectations in its third-quarter thanks to the strength of its namesake brand, gross margin expansion and strong sales.
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Yue Yuen workers strike over production changes
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:44:00 GMT


Less than a year after a two-week long strike at Chinese footwear manufacturer Yue Yuen, as many as 5,000 workers are reportedly taking part in a new round of industrial action over proposed production changes.
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PLM to help boost Peds Legwear productivity
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:04:00 GMT


Hosiery and socks supplier Peds Legwear is implementing NGC's fashion PLM platform to streamline productivity as it continues to expand in the US.
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